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Newsletter #3

June 2021


2020, the second year of Phase II of our program, was a particularly difficult year. COVID-19 did not only overburden health systems and caused millions of deaths; it also led to greater inequalities and vulnerabilities in countries already facing many difficulties. The pandemic also forced us to fundamentally change the way we work. But as this report shows, we were also able to see positive results, and the SD=HS project met or passed the targets set for its four outcomes. The main reasons for this strong performance lie in the resilience and social capital of the communities where we work. 

Read the SD=HS 2020 Annual Report here:

Mid Term Review 2021

As a key element of our program, our Mid Term Review started in May 2021. This aims to determine the extent to which the different activities have contributed towards the overall objectives and outcomes, and the lessons we can draw. Many different interviews and focus group discussions have already been programmed, and some have already taken place, in a process that will still take a few more months. Do you want to share your views, opinions or suggestions? Please send us an e-mail and do so!  
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Other news

Blog: FSEs in Nepal
Since March 2020, the SD=HS project is working in Nepal with three smallholder farmers cooperatives to establish farmer seed enterprises (FSEs), with activities that are jointly implemented by Oxfam and LI-BIRD. These have have led to positive results, as described in this blog by Rajendra Dhakal:
Online Training of Trainers 
SD=HS ran an online course for those who will train facilitators of FFSs on seed production and marketing. Thirteen facilitators from Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe joined this time, and they subsequently organized national TOT events in their countries. The final report describes the process followed and the main observations.

Innovating Plant Breeding Workshop
Following the successful first meeting, the second workshop invited researchers and breeders from NARS and CGIAR centres, universities and development practitioners to share their experiences and perspectives. The workshop report, with the key opportunities identified for joint action, is available here:

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